Can someone recommend the best way to remove the black coating from the knife? I want to do some etching design on the knife. I have some naval jelly and a bench grinder with wire wheel. Are those two an option or is there a better option?
I stripped an Izula with something called "Aircraft Remover". It dissolved the coating and didn't scratch up the blade the way a wire wheel might. Not sure what the coating on the Cold Steel is though.
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Post by willydigger. FB inFamous on Mar 12, 2014 9:26:58 GMT -8
If it's a paint coating, regular stripper will work. Here's the stuff I used on my BK2 and RAT3.
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Cold Steel uses a black epoxy product, but they don't put it in very thick.
You can use darn near anything to remove it: flat blade screwdriver, paint scraper, another knife that you don't care too much about.
DO NOT USE POWER TOOLS! You can overheat the blade, and ruin the heat-treat.
It only takes 420 degrees, Fahrenheit, to begin to ruin the temper in steel.
You could try Naval Jelly, or even Acetone. They may work, and they won't hurt the blade. But the most certain way is just to go after it with a scraper tool of some kind, and maybe a beer or three to help you along. Put on some tunes, and make an afternoon of it.
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